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Q. We are looking for a Shih Tzu puppy. One of the breeders I’ve been communicating with has the puppy neutered at 8 weeks. My daughter, who is a vet tech, thinks that is too early and can wind up with incontinence problems. Is this true?
It has been shown that dogs neutered before the age of 4-4.5 months have a higher potential for urinary incontinence later in life because they never get the benefit of certain sex steroids. Waiting too long to spay or neuter … Continue reading
While animal shelters often neuter puppies at an earlier age such that they can be neutered prior to adoption, we generally recommend waiting until four to six months of age for neutering. This additional time allows puppies to mature a … Continue reading
Thanks for your question about your pet’s surgery. The usual procedure when a male dog is castrated is to remove the testicles. This has several benefits including: i) stopping the pet from reproducing, ii) eliminating the risk of testicular cancer, … Continue reading
Q: I just bought a 7 mo old AKC Reg. english toy spaniel with the hopes of breeding him to my 3 yr old female AKC reg english toy spaniel at her next heat which will be about 6 more … Continue reading